Nomination: Among the Fallen


Schwartz, Virginia Frances. Among the Fallen. 2019. 297p. Holiday House, $16.99 (9780823441020). Gr.8-up. 

After she leaves prison a “fallen woman,” sixteen-year-old Orpha finds refuge at Urania Cottage. There, she is guided by author Charles Dickens, philanthropist Lady Burdett-Coutts, and a community of women.


Nomination: Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy


Terciero, Rey and Bre Indigo. Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy. 2019. 256p. Little, Brown & Co., $12.99 (978316522885). Gr. 4-8.

In this modern re-telling of Little Women, four sisters in a blended family support and comfort each other in a year full of both joy and tragedy.

Nomination: Goodbye, Perfect


Barnard, Sara. Goodbye, Perfect. 2019. 384p. Simon & Schuster/Simon Pulse, $19.99 (9781534402447). Gr. 8-up.

When her 15-year-old best friend runs away from home with their music teacher, Eden reevaluates their friendship and her loyalty as she learns about how power dynamics can complicate consent.